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166  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: On a new server ~ Please Read on: July 09, 2011, 09:35:08 am
Ive been having a problem the last few days. When I logon and click Show unread posts since last visit, I get no new topics although there are new topics. I have to back to General and manually click on each topic that I think is new since my last visit. Help
167  Main Forum / Around the Campfire / Re: Wisdom on: July 02, 2011, 06:36:39 am
She was happy to be spending her first day in her new retirement home unpacking boxes and finding places for everything. She was a little annoyed when the doorbell rang. She opened the door to find a pleasant young man who introduced himself as the pastor of a nearby church. I see youre new to neighborhood, said the pastor and I wanted to welcome you and invite you to visit our church.

She wanted to be cordial but was becoming impatient to return to her unpacking. As he continued to talk, he could sense her impatience and became a little frustrated himself with her seeming lack of interest in her spiritual life. Finally he blurted out, You should really think more about the hereafter. With exasperation in her voice, she replied, I think about the hereafter all time, pastor. Everywhere I go, I think What am I here after?.
168  Main Forum / Polls / Re: camping chairs on: June 09, 2011, 07:44:22 am
Were not big fans of the bucket chairs. Bought these two traditional chairs on sale at Camping World. The 3100 has a storage compartment under the slide-out just like storage compartment next the batteries on the passenger side. I keep all the electrical and water connection stuff there; very convenient for hookups. These two chairs just fit in the rear storage area.
169  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: CB placement in Ford cab on: June 07, 2011, 07:42:46 am
I use the handheld Cobra 75WXST with a Firestik NGP (no ground plate) Antenna:

I installed the antenna myself on our first Cruiser, running the antenna wire under the trim behind the drivers seat.  Pictured here on our second Cruiser, the antenna was installed at the factory during construction.  I then connected the antenna wire to the Remote Connector Box placed under the drivers seat.  The power wire is run under the floor mat to the fuse box.  The CB cord runs out to the right from under the seat.  Works great.  Listen to traffic problems, trucker politics and keep up with the weather.
170  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Where is everyone going this weekend? on: May 26, 2011, 09:42:37 am
Were headed to Nashville, Indiana with camping friends.  Great place.  All kinds of camping, shops, restaurants, playhouses and activities.  120 miles one-way.

Filled up the PC and both cars yesterday: gas was down to $3.63 a gallon; total $250.  Went up 21 later in the day. Cry
171  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sewer hose storage on: April 30, 2011, 04:04:04 pm
Our Sani-Con system went out.  It only happens once and youre prepared for the next time.  We had a sewer hose storage tube added as an option at the factory.  See picture.  You could do it a cheaper yourself.
172  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: HELP! Big Oops!! on: April 30, 2011, 11:38:41 am
The wind blew our door shut and although not locked, the slamming apparently caused the door to lock.  We were both outside to put in the awing because of coming wind storm.   My keys were inside.  My wifes purse was inside with the second set of keys and the cell phone.  Both sets of keys to the tow car also inside.  Wind and rain on the way.  sad  A nice neighbor let us use their cell phone to call AAA.  The AAA guy had the Ford door open in 10 seconds.

We now have a magnetic key box hidden inside the propane area which cant be locked.  Also, we now have a new PC and the awning is powered with a switch inside and the door has pneumatic strut which holds the door.  Cool.
173  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magne Shades on: April 25, 2011, 02:37:17 pm
Your welcome amiee.  Im going to have to partially back off on mounting the Magne Shade covers on the inside.  After a week, the front cover fell taking the magnets with it.  The magnets were simple to put back.  So I bought a shield for the front window,, which works great.  Still use the Magne Shades on the inside for the side windows.  Now I have no exterior window covers.  A little peace-of-mind during the high winds and rain weve had this week.  Just e-mail me if youd like the original, high resolution pictures.
174  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself! on: April 25, 2011, 09:25:14 am
We use a Brake Buddy in our HHR.  With the dash monitor, you can see when it activates, which is rarely.  But its a secure feeling when it does.  On our last trip, we were driving in front of a row of parked RVs at a Flying J.  All of a sudden a car came busting through a vacant parking spot between two of the parked RVs, using the open parking spot as a shortcut on the way out.  I hit brakes hard almost hitting him.  Theres no doubt in my mind that there would have been a collision without the supplement braking.

Another observation.  How often do you see folks towing full-size cars, trucks and SUVs with a non-diesel motorhome?  Im pretty sure most of these folks are exceeding the recommended towing capacity.  But even if not, the biggest risk is braking.  Ive read that its against the law in Canada to tow without a brake assist.  I believe should be in the U.S. too.  Buy a lightweight toad and use a brake assist.  I like the Brake Buddy.  Simple to install, works well, and it easily transferred we traded for new tow car.  Also, I personally dont feel you need to pay extra for proportional braking.  With careful driving and braking, it rarely comes on.  But when it does
175  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Sani-Con electrical schematic on: April 25, 2011, 08:18:53 am
Our Sani-Con quit while traveling.  The On/Off switch was exposed behind the panel (exposed to weather).  I simply replaced the switch and coated it with weatherproof gel.  Weatherproofing as explained by rmmpe would probably be better.

By the way, our step starting going in and out on its own while traveling.  Same problem.  The switch on the door was exposed to weather.  Same solution.
176  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Oxidation on: April 15, 2011, 12:47:53 pm
Thanks, for the replies.  Our PC is stored outside.  But what concerns me is that we picked it up new in December, 2010 and has never been driven on roads with salt.  In fact, accept for the trip from the factory, it hasnt been driven at all until two months ago.  As for salt air, we live in Ohio no salt air here.  And our 2007 PC never had this kind of oxidation, even after four years.  Doesnt look promising.  sad
177  Main Forum / General Discussion / Oxidation on: April 15, 2011, 08:11:35 am
Weve owned our new PC less than six months and already have oxidation problems.  As per picture, the chrome on the spare tire cover latch is oxidizing and the chrome covers where the door assist handle attaches are doing the same thing.  Also, the eight screws on the ladder hinges have flat-out rusted.  How to fix?
178  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: storage solutions on: March 29, 2011, 04:15:40 pm
Attached are pics of the storage containers I have used for the past four years.  Larger containers, $3 at Dollar General; smaller containers, $1 at Dollar General.  Inexpensive and effective.  Also the tool box shown fits well, $15.49 at Amazon:
179  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magne Shades on: March 25, 2011, 10:41:04 am
Weve had motorhomes for over 25 years.  During that time, weve gone through a lot of the wrap-around vinyl window covers.  In our experience, they only last about two years, three years tops.  Then they turn brittle and yellow, crack, and curl at the edges.  Then three years ago we experienced some high winds.  The flapping magnetic corners damaged the paint and the Velcro straps at the mirrors broke.  Also, theyre a bit of a pain to put on.  We did take a vinyl cover with us camping once years ago.  It made the cab area very dark and, of course, you cant see out the front window.  We never did that again.  If Im inside, I enjoy sitting in the recliner watching all the activity outside including at night while watching TV since no one can really see me.

For us at least, the Magna Shades solves all those problems.  Theyre easy to install, keep the coach cool, look great (especially the black color), and you can see through them.  And most important of all, my wife loves them.  Plus, since they will also mount inside, theyll work when storing the coach.  Also, Im confident theyll last as long, and probably longer, than well own this coach.  At bedtime, we just pull the front curtains as we always have for the past four years in our prior PC.  Frankly, I dont understand the problem with the curtains.  You can open or close them in less than 30 seconds and they work well.

In the end, of course, its what ever works best for you that counts.
180  Main Forum / General Discussion / Re: Magne Shades on: March 23, 2011, 09:59:58 am
At night, you can see through from outside depending on the inside lighting. With low light and the TV on, you can see only dim shapes. With overhead lights on, you can see inside fairly well, though darkened. I still close the front curtain at night. Dont want to show off for the ladies puttin my jammies on. Blush
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